TAKING THE LEAD: ‘American Sniper’ Still Dominating the Box Office

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American Sniper has continued to dominate the US box office for a second week with takings of $64.4m (£42.8m), according to studio estimates.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, the drama is up for six Oscars including best film and best actor for Bradley Cooper.

Recounting the story of real life Navy Seal Chris Kyle, it has now made a total of $200.1m (£133.2m).

“We’ve never quite seen anything like this at this time of year,” said box office expert Paul Dergarabedian.

“American Sniper is helping to propel the box office, which is already 9.3 percent ahead of the same time last year.”

The film has also dominated headlines. In the past few days it has been blamed for an increase in threats against Muslims in the US, according to an Arab-American civil rights group.

Read more: BBC

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